E3 Committee Summer Update

The E3 Committee has been studying the Abandoned Mine Land Fund for the past few months, and it’s preparing to advocate for cleaning up mine sites and economic transition. In April, Chapter Chair Patrick Morales and members Bonnie Swinford and David Beaty attended an Appalachian regional summit on the AML…

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It’s About the Water: As TDEC considers permit renewal for Turner mine, SOCM members seek assurance that water quality will be protected

By Cathie Bird When SOCM members gather next week for a public hearing on renewal of the SMCRA permit for the Turner surface mine, it may seem like déjà vu. For the third time in six years, the Cumberland County Chapter, supported by SOCM’s E3 Committee, will organize to make…

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Smith Mountain Solution

When you think of Cumberland County, Tennessee, you think of the ‘Golf Capital’ of the state. However, that is not exactly what Smith Mountain Solutions, LLC has in mind for the partially reclaimed Turner Mine on Smith Mountain. The Cumberland County Chapter of SOCM has been knee-deep in the struggle…

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